Making his bid to become the 12th winner of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, American Pharoah drew the fifth post for the 2015 Belmont Stakes during a ceremony held Wednesday at Rockefeller Center in New York. He'll be the 14th 3-year-old colt with a chance to place his name in the history books since the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.
American Pharoah was given 3-5 morning line odds for the 1-1/2 mile race. Frosted, from the sixth spot, is the second-favorite, at 5-1 odds. Materiality, starting from the eight post, was set at 8-1.
"I've always liked the 5," American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert said of the draw.
Since 1978, 13 horses have entered the Belmont and left unsuccessful. Last year California Chrome finished just outside the money in fourth. Of the 13 attempts, eight finished in the money and four finished in second. The most recent of those was Smarty Jones in 2004, behind Birdstone.
"I want to win it for the horse," Baffert said. "It's something I don't think about. Right now we just want to stay focused, keep the horse happy, healthy. I've got a great team around me."
The 147th running of the Belmont Stakes will go to post at 6:50 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.
Belmont Stakes post draw and morning line odds:
|Post||Horse||Morning Line odds|
|2||Tale of Verve||15/1|